Council helps club punch above its weight

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Councillor Pert handing the cheque to Andy Whitehall

A Stafford Borough Council grant will help a popular local boxing project pack more of a punch when it comes to attracting youngsters.

And now the Council is encouraging other community groups to grab a slice of the £10,000 pot in round two.

The Right Stuff project is a non-contact boxing group working with boys and girls of all ages. They secured a grant to buy new equipment costing around £1,400 which they say will help attract youngsters to the club which is based in the town’s Marston Road.

The village hall in Tittensor was also successful in getting £400 from the Small Grants Scheme for a replacement rail to help access to the premises.

Earlier this year the Council invited small organisations to bid for between £200 and £1000 to benefit their group. But to succeed in securing the money an organisation has to make sure that any grant they get is “match funded” – that means if they get £200 from the Borough Council they must also get at least that amount via other sources.

The scheme was launched on the back of the successful ‘Jubilee Fund’ which saw thousands of pounds given to groups who could prove the money would be used to provide a legacy for their organisation. Final figures demonstrated that on average for every £1 granted – groups generated an extra four and a half times that amount.

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A second round of applications closes just before Christmas and now a senior councillor is calling on community groups to get their bids in.

Councillor Jeremy Pert, Cabinet Member for Communities, said:

“This is a great opportunity for community groups to help fund projects that will be of benefit for their members and users over the next few years.

“These smaller groups are often the heartbeat of a community and we want them to flourish by helping them to help themselves.”

Councillor Pert handed over a £720 cheque to Andy Whitehall of The Right Stuff and £400 to William Huckfield from Tittensor Village Hall.

Andy said: “This money will go towards bringing in new equipment our club needs – and in doing so it will help us attract more youngsters to become involved in this very worthwhile project.”

Organisations will be eligible for the money if their annual income is less than £25,000 and they have no more than 50 members, with 10 or less active volunteers.
The scheme is administered by VAST, a charity providing services and support to voluntary and community groups. They can be contacted on 0300 3038606 and you can find more details from www.vast.org.uk/stafford-borough-council-small-capital-grant-scheme